The Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum –
a meeting of all the minds in our basin.


Since 2004, the annual International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum has been a strategic incubator for cross-border research, management collaboration, networking and communication. 

The Foundation leads a partnership of agencies to organize the Forum each year.  Attended each year by upwards of 160 research and resource managers, the Forum is the "hub" for all groups working to ensure the future ecological integrity of the waters of the Rainy-Lake of the Woods Basin.

The 16th annual International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum will take place:
March 13-14, 2019:  Rainy River Community College, International Falls, Minnesota

Overview: Professional symposium for researchers and resource managers working in the Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed.

Themes: Climate change, nutrients & algae, invasive species, paleolimnology, fisheries and more...

Abstract Deadline: January 14, 2019. See Abstract Submission for submittal requirements

Conference details: at the Foundation's website www.lowwsf.com/watershed-forum.

Registration:  Online registration opens January 4, 2019 and closes March 7, 2019.

For now, please reserve the dates, plan to attend and get your abstracts in early!
Abstract Deadline: January 14, 2019.  Please submit the following to Todd Sellers, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Presenter Information: Name, Research Organization or Agency, Mailing Address, Telephone, Email, Brief Bio.
  • Submittal Information: Author(s), Presentation or Poster, Title, Abstract, Location of study (i.e., lake name, river name, or GPS coordinate etc.).
Limited travel support may be available to assist postgraduate students to present their research at the Forum, through the Deborah Battigelli Memorial Fund at the Foundation.  Support is typically offered for up to one student per year.  To apply, contact Todd Sellers, Executive Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

AmericInn Inn, International Falls MN. Conference rate of $94.00 USD per night plus taxes.
Make your reservations by March 1, 2019 and quote the group code Water Forum 2019
Reservations: 1-218-283-8000 (front desk);

Important!  You must call the front desk to make reservation to get the group rate -- no online reservations or central 800 number reservations for group rate.

The 2019 Kallemeyn Award will be presented on March 13 at the Foundation Reception during the International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum, in International Falls, Minnesota.

Nominations for the 2019 Kallemeyn Award will be accepted until February 15, 2019.

The Kallemeyn Award is presented annually by the Foundation to an individual who has demonstrated in the Rainy-Lake of the Woods watershed:

  • Outstanding professional achievement in scientific research or resource management.
  • Significant contributions to collaborative and cooperative approaches to research or resource management internationally.

The 2019 Wilson Stewardship Award will be presented on March 13 at the Foundation Reception during the International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum, in International Falls, Minnesota.

Nominations for the 2019 Wilson Stewardship Award will be accepted until February 15, 2019.

The Wilson Stewardship Award is presented annually by the Foundation to individuals, groups, or projects that have made significant contributions to environmental stewardship in the Rainy-Lake of the Woods watershed through:

  • Education, outreach, civic engagement and participation in stewardship initiatives or program development.
  • Projects or programs focused on protection, restoration, preservation or reduction of environmental impact and development of sustainable practices.

Thanks to our sponsors for assisting with the 2019 International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum. This event would not be possible without the dedicated efforts of the researchers and resource managers and the assistance of the following groups:

  • International Joint Commission
  • Voyageurs National Park
  • Consulate General of Canada - Minneapolis, Global Affairs Canada
  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Rainy River Community College
  • Lake of the Woods District Property Owners Association
  • St. Cloud State University
  • Dorset Environmental Sciences Centre (Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation & Parks)
  • Rainy Lake Conservancy
  • Rainy Lake Property Owners Association
  • Voyageurs National Park Association
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada / Environnement et Changement climatique Canada
  • Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation

To become a sponsor, please contact Todd Sellers, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or toll free 886-370-8891.

  • Todd Sellers, Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation
  • Nolan Baratono, Watershed Ecology
  • Andrew Paterson, Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change
  • Jesse Anderson, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Kelly Sjerven, Rainy River Community College
  • Kayla Bowe, Red Lake Department of Natural Resources
  • Ryan Maki, Voyageurs National Park
  • Tim Pascoe, Environment Canada
  • Matt Julius, Minnesota St. Cloud State University
  • Kelli Saunders, Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation
  • Anna DeSellas, Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change

Proceedings Reports of the annual International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum are available from 2006 onward, here:  Forum Proceedings